People in the Birmingham Institute for Forest Research

BIFoR Directors 

The Directors of BIFoR are Professor Rob JacksonProfessor Rob MacKenzie, Prof Jeremy Pritchard & Prof Nicola Spence 

BIFoR Directors

Professor Rob MacKenzie

Professor Rob MacKenzie

Director, Birmingham Institute of Forest Research
Professor of Atmospheric Science

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

60 second video iconRob MacKenzie is an atmospheric scientist with a particular interest in how plants affect air composition. Watch a video of him describing one aspect of his research in 60 seconds by clicking on the play icon above. 

As a result of a £15M grant, the University of Birmingham has set up the Birmingham Institute of Forest Research (BIFoR), of which Rob is delighted to be ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 414 6142
Email
a.r.mackenzie@bham.ac.uk

Professor Jeremy Pritchard

Professor Jeremy Pritchard

Professor of Life Sciences Education
Director of Education, College of Life and Environmental Sciences
Birmingham University Teaching Fellow (BUTF)

School of Biosciences

I am a Professor of Life Sciences Education at the University of Birmingham. My research career started with roots in Wales and currently focuses on aphids in Birmingham with stops in the USA, New Zealand and Europe in between. My teaching spans field ecology through to plant functional genomics.

As a card-carrying Darwinist I am involved in teaching evolution at all levels from ...

Telephone
+44 (0)121 41 45570
Email
j.pritchard@bham.ac.uk

BIFoR Advisory Group 

Chaired by Professor Laura Green, Head of College of Life and Environmental Sciences (LES)
Professor Bradwell, Honorary Professor of Immunology University of Birmingham
Dr Alice Broome, Project Leader for Protected Species, Forest Research
Dr Anna Brown, Head of Tree Health and Contingency, Forestry Commission England
Dr Matt Elliott, Policy Advocate, Tree Health & Invasives, Woodland Trust
Dr Clive Elphick, independent Director with the National Grid Gas Place and National Grid Electricity Transmission Plc, on the Board of the Environment Agency
Dr Jeanette Hall, Woodland Advisor, Scottish Natural Heritage
Caroline Harrison, CONFOR
Professor David Johnson, Chair in Microbial Ecology, University of Manchester
Professor Richard Norby, Oakridge Laboratory, USA
Professor Sir Ghillean Prance, formerly Director of Royal Botanical Gardens KEW
Professor Malcolm Press, Vice Chancellor, University of Manchester
Professor Nicola Spence, Chief Plant Health Officer, Defra and University of Birmingham

BIFoR Board 

Chair of the BIFoR Board is Professor Laura Green, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Head of College of Life  & Environmental Sciences

  • William Bloss (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Head of School GEES)
  • Louisa Day (Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO) 
  • Sophie Dent (College Finance)
  • Professor Vincent Gauci (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - GEES)  
  • Lesley Ann Ford (College of Life and Environmental Sciences) 
  • Professor Christine Foyer (College of Life and Environmental Sciences) 
  • Professor David Hannah (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)
  • Dr Kris Hart (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)
  • Professor Neil Hotchin (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Biosciences) 
  • Professor Rob Jackson (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Biosciences)  
  • Dr Estrella Luna-Diez (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Biosciences)
  • Bronwen Lord (Director of Operations - College of Life and Environmental Sciences) 
  • Professor Robin May (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)  
  • Professor Rob MacKenzie (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - GEES  
  • Professor David Maddison (College of Social Sciences)
  • Professor Robin May (College of Life and Environmental Sciences)  
  • Professor Francis Pope (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - GEES) 
  • Professor Jeremy Pritchard (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Biosciences)
  • Dr Andrew Quinn (College of Engineering and Physical Sciences)
  • Dr Frank Uekötter (College of Art and Law) 

BIFoR Science Committe 

  • Professor Vincent Gauci (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - GEES)  
  • Professor Christine Foyer (College of Life and Environmental Sciences) 
  • Dr Estrella Luna-Diez (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - Biosciences)
  • Professor Francis Pope (College of Life and Environmental Sciences - GEES) 

BIFoR Professional Service Staff 

Deanne Brettle - Project Administrator 
Dr Giulio Curioni - Data Manager 
Gael Denny - Field Technician BIFoR FACE facility 
Selvakumar Dhandapani -  Senior Research Technician, QUINTUS project
Robert Grzesik - Research Technician, QUINTUS 
Nicholas Harper - Senior Engineer FACE facility
Dr Kris Hart  - Operations Manager
Angeliki Kourmouli - Research Technician, QUINTUS project
Hannah Martin - Research Technician, FACE Underground project
Peter Miles - Field Technician BIFoR FACE facility 

The number of academic members of staff affiliated to BIFoR has grown quickly.  University of Birmingham staff and students whose research interest is related to forested landscapes should consider themselves as part of the wider Institute of Forest Research. A list of people actively involved in research at the BIFoR FACE Facility is also available here.

To follow is a list of academic staff and students already affiliated with BIFoR.

College of Life and Environmental Sciences

School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences

Academic Staff 

Dr Rebecca Bartlett
Dr Lesley Batty
Dr James Bendle
Prof William Bloss
Dr Chris Bradley
Dr Xiaoming Cai
Dr Lee Chapman
Dr Julian Clark
Dr Simon Dixon
Dr Steven Emery 
Dr Nick Grayson 
Professor Ian Fairchild
Dr Emma Ferranti (Ambassador for Weather and Climate)
Dr Sophie Hadfield-Hill 
Dr Liz Hamilton 
Dr Jason Hilton
Dr Peter Hopcroft
Dr Nicholas Kettridge
Prof Peter Kraftl
Prof Stefan Krause
Dr Joshua Larsen
Dr Gregor Leckebush
Dr Peter Lee
Dr James Levine (Ambassador for the Built Environment)
Prof Rob MacKenzie
Dr Thomas Matthews
Jeff McDonnell  
Dr Domanique Moran 
Dr Christian Pfrang
Prof Francis Pope
Dr Tom Pugh
Jim Reynolds
Prof Jon Sadler 
Prof Greg Sambrook-Smith
Dr Zongbo Shi
Dr Roberto Sommariva
Dr Rick Thomas
Dr Sami Ullah
Dr Anne Van Loon
Dr Sebastian Watt

Postdoctoral Research Staff 

Dr Marie Arnaud 
Dr Josep Barba Ferrer 
Dr Yvette Eley
Dr Adriane Esquivel Muelbert 
Dr Daijun Liu
Dr Jiaojiao Ma
Dr Michaela Reay 

Postgraduate Research Students 

Nezha Acil
Sijeh Azuk 
Aileen Baird 
Edward Bannister 
Alfred Bockarie
Nicolai Brekenfeld 
Hector Camargo Alvarez
Nine Douwes Dekker 
Katy Faulkner
Lavinia Georgescu 
Ben Howard 
Tony Hyacinth
Laura James 
Polly Jarman 
Thomas King 
Jenny Knight 
Angeliki Kourmouli
Alex Kulawska
Kerryn Little 
Sophie Mills 
Sue Quick
Andrea Rabbi 
Bridget Warren

 

School of Biosciences

Academic Staff

Prof James Bentley Brown 
Dr Juliet Coates 
Prof Christine Foyer 
Dr Scott Hayward 
Prof Rob Jackson
Dr Graeme Kettles 
Dr Estrella Luna-Diez 
Prof Lynne  Macaskie 
Prof Nigel Maxted 
Dr Andrew Plackett 
Prof Jeremy Pritchard
Prof Robin May
Dr Susannah Thorpe

Postdoctoral Researchers

Dr Carolina Mayoral  
Dr Jade Taylor-Phillips 
Dr Rakesh Tiwari 
Dr Rosa Sanchez Lucas
Dr Thomas Welch 

Postgraduate Research Students 

Liam Crowley 
Anna Gardner 
Clare Ziegler (PhD student) 

School of Psychology

Dr Ali Mazaheri 
Prof Jane Raymond 
Eszter Toth (PhD student) 

College of Engineering and Physical Sciences

Prof Phillip Davies
Bradly Deeley
Dr Rosemary Dyson 
Dr Bruno Fraga
Dr Mike Jesson 
Galen Luo
Dr Chris Mayhew
Dr Natalia Petrovskaya 
Dr Andrew Quinn
Dr David Soper
Prof Joe Wood

College of Arts and Law

Dr Angus Brown 
Dr Louise Hardwick
Prof Corey Ross
Dr Will Tattershill
Dr Frank Uekotter

College of Social Sciences

Prof Robert Elliott
Vilane Goncalves-Sales
Prof David Maddison
Prof Fiona Nunan
Maria Gonzalez Valencia 

Previous staff of University of Birmingham who have moved on

Will Allwood 
Phil Blaen
Francesca Jarvis-Rouse
Iain Johnston
Gary McClean
Alex Poynter
Prof Michael Tausz 
Dr Sabine Tausz-Posch 

Previous Distinguished Visiting Fellows

Prof Dave Ellsworth - University of Western Sydney 
Dr Kristine Crous - University of Western Sydney 
Dr Debbie Hemming - Met Office
Prof Sharon Robinson
Prof Tait Keller
Dr Teresa Blume
Dr Mantha S. Phanikumar